On the history of the study of the coinage of king Asander

Author(s):  M.M. Choref, candidate of Sciences, no, Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod, Nizhnij Novgorod, Russia, choref@yandex.ru

Issue:  Volume 47, № 1

Rubric:  Topical issues of world history

Annotation:  Our attention was attracted by two coins attributed by V.A. Anokhin to the issues of King Asander: gold, on the reverse of which the researcher took apart «ΒΑ΢ΙΛΔΩ΢ Α΢ΑΝΓΡΟΤ ΒΟ΢ΠΟΡΟΤ» and bronze, with the legend «ΒΑ΢ΙΛΔΩ΢ Α΢ΑΝΓΡΟΤ» on the flip side. We insist that their attributions given by the researcher are baseless and erroneous. The first of these coins is clearly remakeable, and fantasy. We believe that it was made in modern times for gullible collectors. Moreover, there is no legend on it that brought V.A. Anokhin. We emphasize that the text «ΒΑ΢ΙΛΔΩ΢ Α΢ΑΝΓΡΟΤ ΒΟ΢ΠΟΡΟΤ» could hardly have appeared on the Bosporus coin. It is also important that the photo published by the researcher of this artifact bears traces of thorough retouching. The inscription given by him is indistinguishable. The second coin is certainly genuine. But there is no reason to attribute it to the Bosporus coinage. Coins of the same type have been known for more than a century. They see the ordinary dileptons of the Syrian king Alexander I Balas.

Keywords:  history, numismatics, Bosporus, Syrian kingdom, restrike.

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DOI:  10.18413/2687-0967-2020-47-1-21-29

Reference to article:  Choref M.M. 2020. On the history of the study of the coinage of king Asander. Via in tempore. History and political science, 47(1): 21–29 (in Russian). DOI